A crisp breeze blows through the air, the leaves flutter to the ground, and the juicy crunchy apples bend down ready to be picked. It’s apple season time! Gather the kids for an apple tree song that is full of rhyming fun.
This activity is full of phonological awareness opportunities.
- Children will practice oral fluency through singing.
- Kids will generate rhymes.
Best of all, you only need the FREE downloadable packet (see below) and a small basket. Easy peasy.
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Apple Tree Song and Activity
The packet includes a copy of a song I wrote called All Around the Apple Tree. It’s set to the tune, All Around the Mulberry Bush.
All Around the Apple Tree
All around the apple tree
The boys and girls picked apples.
The juicy apples were all around.
Find your favorite apple.
The song is fun to sing on its own, but we can kick it up a literacy notch. I have 24 apples (see below) for you to use to turn this into a rhyming activity. Just cut out each apple and place them in a basket.
The kids sit in a circle around the basket. Or, to add movement to the activity, place the basket under a tree outside. The kids can stand in a circle around the tree and walk around the tree as you sing.
Have a child pick an apple from the basket after singing the song. The child should name the object pictured on the apple and then generate a word that rhymes with the pictured object.
For example, if the child selects the apple with a picture of a frog, she would say, “frog.” Then, she thinks of a word that rhymes with frog and might say, “frog log.”
Set the apple aside and sing the song again. The next child picks an apple and takes his turn. Continue until all the apples have been picked.
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Happy singing and rhyming!
If you love the All Around the Apple Tree, you will want to also check out 35 Circle Time Songs and Chants to Build Literacy Skills.